Appointed by NHS England, our team provide high quality, local occupational health support to Norfolk NHS GP and Dental Practices.
With our proven understanding of the strict occupational health requirements of the healthcare sector and our knowledge of CQC Registration requirements, Workplace Health & Wellbeing is best placed to provide your Practice with expert occupational health support to fully protect the health of your team.
From experience, we appreciate the health sector has highly specific requirements. Equally we understand the needs of Practices to operate commercially and effectively. Sensitive to this we have developed a range of occupational health services to support each local NHS Practice. We offer all local NHS Practices the full spectrum of occupational health services found on Introducing Occupational Health. In addition, we provide specialist Health Care Worker (HCW) advice and guidance including:-
- Occupational Immunisations suitable for HCWs undertaking EPP
We can ensure your team understand the requirements for Exposure Prone Procedures.
EPP screening is “where worker’s gloved hands may be in contact with sharp instruments, needletips or sharp tissues (spicules of bone or teeth) inside a patients open cavity, wound or confined anatomical space where the hands or fingertips may not be completely visible at all times”.
Occupational Immunisation screening for HCW’s
We offer enhanced screening for those employees who are coming to work in the UK from high incident TB areas. Other immunisations HCWs will require include: Chicken Pox – screening and vaccination, MMR – vaccination, Hepatitis B vaccination and screening for those in contact with Blood and Body fluids
- Needlestick/Blood borne incident support.
We offer access to immediate risk assessment and provision of PEP between 8.30am and 5pm each working day. Out of hours we have an arrangement with all local A&E departments to provide the emergency care which we then pick up on the next working day. A poster to be displayed in the Practice to inform staff how to access suitable emergency support following an incident can be found here.
Keeping up-to-date with best practice
We offer up to date guidance and recommended changes to practice, in light of legislation. On a quarterly basis we provide all Practices with a ‘Healthy Practices’ newsletter. All back dated versions of the newsletter can be found below.
A Change in Funding
Under instruction from NHS England, Workplace Health & Wellbeing have been providing occupational health services to all NHS GP and Dental Practices in the county of Norfolk since 2002. In 2016 NHS England produced a national service specification for occupational health services with the intention of standardising service support to NHS GP and Dental Practices across England.
As part of the implementation of this new standardised service support, a review has been carried out for the county of Norfolk; it was concluded by NHS England that parts of the occupational health service currently provided to Norfolk NHS GP and Dental Practices by WHWB falls outside of the national service specification and therefore will no longer be instructed nor funded. This section aims to explain the changes in funding and what this means to Norfolk NHS GP and Dental Practices.
It is important to make clear; Workplace Health and Wellbeing are still the only service provider nominated and funded by NHS England, and therefore will continue to provide occupational health services to NHS GP and Dental Practices in Norfolk. The change (with effect 1st October 2017) is a reduction in the amount of items funded by NHS England, and in the cases of service provision outside of funding, such support will need to be funded instead by the surgery.
As of the 1st October 2017, NHS England will continue to fund us to provide you with the following:
- Needlestick (Blood Borne Virus) incident support to all staff (including risk assessment via our Duty Desk, blood for storage, 6 week/12 week/6 month follow up & PEP)
- Immunisations for GPs and Dentists who are on the National Performers List (NPL)R
- Referrals submitted by NHS England to support the designated Medical Directors in meeting their statutory duties to respond to concerns with practitioners on the National Performers list.
We at Workplace Health and Wellbeing can and will continue to provide NHS GP and Dental Practices with any other required occupational health services; however these will need to be funded by the surgeries themselves.
For further information about the full range of services we offer to NHS GP and Dental Practices, or if you have any questions regarding the changes in funding, please contact Kris Griffiths, Business Manager on 01603 286667 or firstname.lastname@example.org